Working for long hours at the computers is definitely not healthy, but unfortunately for most of us it is a simple way of life. Working on the computer has become ubiquitous. They are seen in every house and are used even by children. In addition internet has become an indispensable part of our life in the modern era.
We are so used to using the computer on a daily basis that we tend to ignore the negative effects it can have on our body. But you would argue that working on a computer is unavoidable. Though working behind the screen is unavoidable, but this does not diminish its negative effect. The increased use of computers in the workplace can lead to a number of health concerns.
Many individuals are unaware of the health hazards of their techy lifestyle until it is too late. If working at the computer for long hours is a daily task, it is important to consider the associated potential health risks as well.
Team Medimanage suggests tips to avoid the health risk of working long hours at the computer.
Eye fatigue and discomforts are a common health hazards associated with prolonged exposure to working on the computers. Constantly starring at the computer screen without blinking the eye can cause dry eyes or watery eyes. Excessive strain on the eyes can also cause Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) that can lead to itchy or burning eyes, headaches, blurred or double vision.
Tips to avoid eye strain:
To prevent dryness and irritation in your eyes blink more often. After every half an hour blink at least 10 times by closing your eyes very slowly. You can also relax your eye by closing your eyes after every 20 -30 minutes. You can also perform eye exercises that can relax your eye. Dr Nayan Thakkar, well Known Ophthalmologist from Nova Medicals says, “Blinking the eyes every 20-30 minutes or closing the eye for a couple of minutes helps to relieve eye strain caused due to working long hours at the computer.”
Neck and shoulder pain
There is a growing number of middle aged people who experience neck pain. Neck pain is caused in most individuals who work for long hours at the computers and have to strain their neck to see and work on a computer screen. Poor seating posture and excessive computer usage can lead to neck and shoulder pain.
Tips to avoid neck and shoulder pain:
Sit straight while working on the computer and avoid slouching Dr. Kavita Tiwari, renowned Physiotherapist from Sanjeevani hospitals says, “Working for long hours at the computers strains the trapeziul muscles which lead to spasms. Shoulder strengthening exercises like shoulder shrugs should be performed to relax the trapeziul muscles.”
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Using the computer mouse or key board for longer duration can cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Dr Kavita Tiwari explains, “Carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway on the palm side of your wrist that protects a main nerve to your hand and nine tendons that bend your fingers. The compression of the median nerve in this tunnel causes pain and numbness.”
This syndrome is generally caused due to repetitive use of wrist movements and is commonly seen in computer professionals. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome causes pain, numbness and tingling sensation in the arm mostly in the thumb and index finger.
Tips to prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
Spread fingers apart for several seconds while keeping the wrists straight. Dr Kavita Tiwari adds, “Carpal Tunnel syndrome can be prevented by performing rotation of wrist exercises every 30 minutes of using the computer.”
The internet has provided us with a platform where we can meet old friend say whatever we want. But in on the flip side people act in certain ways and say certain things they otherwise would not do in real life. Many people lose friends and dwell in the feeling of loneliness and are stressed and depressed.
Tips to avoid social disconnect:
Meet friends and socialize. Go out for a walk with your friends. Talking to friends in a social atmosphere is a different experience than sharing your thoughts on the social network websites.
It is important to remember that computer is a man made invention that has been designed to offer convenience and make life easier and not to deprive you of life. By simply making changes in your own behavior, you can use your computer in a manner that will keep you in good health.